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The Basildon Academies

Attendance & Absence

To report a student absent please phone 01268 552536

Regular and consistent attendance will positively impact on students’ attainment and their chances of future employability.  Therefore, at the Basildon Academies we expect our students to attend the Academy every day during term time. Daily attendance will ensure that each student strives to arrive on time, attends every lesson and develops the qualities of tenacity, stamina and courage.

Parents/carers have the responsibility to ensure their child attends the Academy, and is suitably prepared and dressed for each day. Daily attendance is compulsory and it is therefore not acceptable for your child to miss any time; if your child is ever absent you must contact the Academy on the first day of absence and give the reason for the absence.

Information regarding Holidays During Term Time
Parents/carers do not have a parental right to take their child on holiday during term time and must apply for the leave in advance of taking it. The Local Authority recommends that schools request parents/carers submit a letter along with their application to state the exceptional circumstance in which they are applying for a leave of absence during term time. An exceptional circumstance may include: Service personnel where a parent/carer has just returned from a tour of duty and needs time with the family.
If the leave of absence has been declined and absence is taken the case will be referred to the Missing Education & Child Employment Service who may issue a penalty notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.

The responsibility for authorising requests for term time holidays lies with the Academies.

If parents/carers do not apply for leave of absence in advance of taking it, the absence should be recorded as unauthorised. If parents/carers keep a child away for longer than was agreed, any extra time is recorded as unauthorised. If the student fails to attend the academy within 10 school days immediately following the date the student was due to return and the academy has no reasonable grounds to believe that the student is unable to attend by reason of sickness or any other unavoidable cause and both the academy and the Local Authority have failed, after reasonable enquiry, to ascertain where the student is (Appendix A and B) the student can be removed from roll and referred to the Missing Education & Child Employment Service.

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Parents/carers should not normally take their children on holiday during term time and must apply for the leave in advance of taking it. The responsibility for authorising requests for term time holidays lies with the Academies.


   Guidance for Term-Time Holidays
  Application for Leave of Absence for Term Time Holiday